The Manufacturing Technology Centre is the first to give students the opportunity to learn and develop 3D Printing skills. 3D printing apprenticeships will integrate a pipeline of technicians fully skilled in 3D printing.

We are not going to teach you that, over time, 3D printing has become one of the main sectors that enable people to have access to a job in a wide range of sectors including materials, production from simple tools to major parts for aero engines.

Martin Dury, the MTC’s learning design manager, confirms this allegation by declaring that the apprenticeship programmes that will be launched in September will address the current shortage in this arena.

The truth is that one can find a great number of additive training courses in the UK. However, according to the MTC, they tend to focus on equipment use. That’s why the MTC’ s AM apprenticeships “will cover the whole range of competences necessary for specific occupations. They will also offer accredited curricula of short courses to enable the up-skilling of existing staff.”

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We are currently writing competency frameworks that will define the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to operate in the various job roles in an end-to-end additive manufacturing production environment. These frameworks will then form the foundation for the apprenticeship programmes and short course curricula. We have spent the last three months consulting with industry, manufacturers, OEMs and academia to ensure the frameworks exactly match the needs of industry.”

Be ready for September if you want to take part in the MTC’s AM apprenticeship programme!

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